Barons made a strong start to 2010 at Sandown Park on February 9th, with a hall packed with prospective buyers and 70% of the lots finding new homes.
The two headline cars both found new homes, as the magnificent Le Mans-specification 1956 Austin-Healey 100/4 sold for £43,600, while the 1958 Jaguar XK150 drophead coupé achieved £40,250.
Really good cars will always find buyers and the Austin Healey could not be faulted. It had been meticulously restored and was beautifully presented. The XK150 was a nice example, which had been extensively restored from a bare chassis, but it had been equipped with non-standard transmission and other upgrades which can put off the purist, and that was reflected in the price achieved. However, there was a lot of interest in it and with a bit of TLC it will make a splendid car.
The 100/4 had undergone a 10-year rebuild, starting as a rolling shell and a box of parts, with the owner photocopying the entire parts manual and replacing or reconditioning every single part. We displayed it on a large mirror, so that those in the saleroom could judge the quality of the work – even underneath the car – for themselves.
The “quality always sells” point was further proved by the outstanding 1997 Aston Martin DB7 coupé in the Prestige section, which sold for a top estimate at £21,250.
Many of the lots that sold were what could be termed ‘drivers’ cars’, not necessarily immaculate but in good condition, excellent runners and definitely something that the new buyers will derive a lot of driving pleasure from. These included a bright yellow 1972 Triumph TR6 (£8,390), a 1964 Series One Jaguar E-type fixed head (£20,685) and a 1961 Jaguar Mark II (£14,200).
Entries are now invited for our Classic, Collectors’ & Sports Car sale on March 22nd – 23rd and the Jaguar 75th Anniversary sale on April 26th/27th – both at Sandown Park.
Cars already consigned for March include an early, RHD, 1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto Boat Tail, which has been in the same ownership for 22 years, covered a mere 40,600 miles and been maintained to the highest standards, while the Jaguar Anniversary sale line-up already includes an SSI coupé, a very rare XK150SE DHC Auto and a Vicarage built S3 E-type.